Sharalee Staunton
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Opening

What stood out to you from Sunday’s message?

 

Summary

Read Ezekiel 14:1-11

It’s easy to hear about the blatant idol worship of the Jerusalemites (Ez 8-11) and react arrogantly. We don’t worship idols like them! But as the Elders of the exiles gather before Ezekiel, God says that they are no better, they simply have taken their idols into their hearts. While their behaviour was orthodox, their hearts loved, trusted and obeyed gods and things other than Yahweh. We may not own statues, but today we are just as susceptible as ever to idols of the heart.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. If idols are things that we love, trust, and obey in the place of God, what are the most common idols of our day?

  2. Why are people tempted to double-mindedness (worshipping God and their idols)?

  3. Why is God so passionate that his people are totally devoted to him?

  4. The Old Testament often emphasizes that we grow to become what we worship, whether God or idols (see Psalm 115:4-8). Why does this happen? Where can you see this in our day?

  5. Read Colossians 3:1-5. What is the cure for idolatry?